Censorship, A World Without Secrets By Peter Singer

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Surveilling the Government Privacy is defined by Dictionary.com as “freedom from damaging publicity, public scrutiny, secret surveillance, or unauthorized disclosure of one’s personal data or information”. This is something that most people value extremely highly. From everyday civilians to government officials, everybody wants some level of privacy. Many say surveillance technology denies them the right to privacy that they are given at birth as American citizens. However, there should be a small amount of wiggle room when it comes to this technology, in order to protect the country and its people. In “Visible Man: Ethics in a World without Secrets”, Peter Singer gives us an insight into privacy in the government. He discusses the…show more content…
This type of information could help prevent another 9/11 or ISIS attack. Any knowledge that could protect the country is something that everyone should know, in order to be fully aware and prepared for all possible outcomes. A major source for this kind of knowledge is WikiLeaks. Through this site, civilians are made conscious of information that could affect their lives in numerous ways. Over the years, it has posted countless tips on government activity, spanning more topics than are imaginable. According to Singer’s article, WikiLeaks “has released more classified documents that the rest of the world’s media combined, to keep tabs on government and corporations” (463). Thanks to all of these documents, there is so much more information available to the public than there would be without WikiLeaks. With all of this information, citizens are made able to take necessary precautions in order to ensure their safety. It also ensures that government and corporation officials are going to take their own precautions in order to save face. They are made less careless in knowing that anything they do can be leaked at any time. When making decisions, whether they are vital or inconsequential, they are aware that their thoughts could go public. This knowledge plays the little angel on their shoulder and keeps them mindful of everything they do, likely causing them to be
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